Lockheed Martin CEO envisions 5G remote-controlling U.S. military
James Taiclet is a former US Air Force pilot who served a tour of duty in the Gulf War under the callsign “Cheetah23.”
After that, he bounced across a few positions at Honeywell Aerospace Services and Pratt & Whitney before landing at cell tower giant American Tower, where he became CEO in 2003.
During his tenure at American Tower, he shepherded the company into the 5G arena, positioning it to eventually ink a massive $17 billion agreement with T-Mobile to upgrade the operator’s network to 5G.
Now, Taiclet is leveraging his 5G experience in a return to his military roots: He became the CEO of Lockheed Martin – the Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier – in June with an ambitious plan to essentially use 5G to remote control up to three-quarters of all US military vehicles.
He calls the plan “5G.mil” and he’s already $200 million into the effort.
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